Allyson Eller and her fearless labmates (pictured are Emma Gray, Allyson Eller, Ian Wright, and Marina Scalon) once again escaped Sydney to visit a beautiful example of a classic Australian ecosystem. The Queensland wet tropical rainforest is a World Heritage Area and a fantastic place to spend some time measuring photosynthesis and respiration.
Allyson spent a week in Cape Tribulation at the Daintree Rainforest Observatory with collaborators from Lucas Cernusak’s lab at James Cook University. She made leaf photosynthesis and respiration measurements from a crane erected in the rainforest that allows researchers access to the rainforest canopy.
Ian, Emma, and Marina joined Allyson for a trip to Atherton where they measured trees in the CSIRO rainforest arboretum and at the Robson Creek supersite. Here Allyson waits for stabilization while measuring photosynthesis on a cut branch. At the end of a successful two weeks they returned with measurements for 20 species that will be coupled with previous measurements of biomass allocation and growth rate to answer questions about the links between functional traits and growth rate strategies.